History of the former landowners of Woffleben

In Woffleben live today as 511 Population. The first mention of the place dates back to 927. In this document it is, that King Henry I. his wife, Mathilde, a tenth of the Wafilieba Zorgegau gave. Findings from the Pre-Roman Iron Age in the vicinity of the station show, that the area was inhabited in prehistoric times.

In 1103 a church was built in the village, the 1751 has been described as dilapidated temple. A year later the church had to be demolished, But even 1755 Could the community inaugurate the new church again. Not far from Woffleben, an der Straße nach Appenrode, is the former Vorwerk Bischofferode. On the Nicholas Berg are still vestiges of the church of the former Cistercian- See the nunnery. The fortified monastery dates from 1238. In 1294 settled the Cistercian nuns of Bischofferode over to Nordhausen, where they founded the monastery Altendorfer. To the long-established landlords our family, count(t)s mouth, the Kuehne.

Auszug aus der Genealogie Kühnemund aus Woffleben

Excerpt from the genealogy Kühnemund Woffleben


The royal domain

In ancient times here was the residence of noble families. In the historical records of Nordhausen is still mayor Heinrich Woffleben of the year 1439 listed. We learn about William of Oppershausen, princely Lüneburgischer Landrath and Erbherr on Oppershausen, Nohra and Woffleben, that this had gone because of the war and unrest in Nordhausen there 1651 died. His name was on the great bell of the year 1648. He died without male heirs and the property fell to the Count of Sayn-Wittgenstein, which in those days Regent over the county was Hohnstein.

The family of Gladebeck

Bodo von Gladebeck was Privy Councillor and Hofpräsident to Berlin. His grandfather's name was Hans Ernst, which 1590 Munich Lohra by the Earl of Hohnstein Ernst VII. was, his father (Will) still possessed such, but he died, Bodo before his son was born. Munich Lohra was destroyed in the war and the small Bodo, than a year old, had to flee with his mother to their father and this brought him up too. He lost by the guarantees of his grandfather and his father spent much of his possessions, but instead, he made his fortune in war, be held for a long time to the service of the Count of Sayn-Wittgenstein, and finally at the Elector Frederick William, the Great Councillor and Hofpräsident.

The Count of Sayn-Wittgenstein received Churbrandischer ambassador to the peace congress of Münster and Osnabrück, the county as a special Hohnstein Gnadenbezeugung of his prince, took such possession and settled on 24.10.1651 homage to Ellrich. Now he prescribed by the Bodo Gladebeck 6000 Thaler, which he should have to ask for Munich Lohra. Als aber dieser Graf Johann von Sayn-Wittgenstein am 2.4.1657 died in Berlin, sold his sons Louis and Christian Adolph (Additional KB in a later hand) Gustav 1665, the Bodo von Gladebeck Lohra Munich again for sale 11000 Thaler, but he still had them 1000 Thaler pay, which he received upon redemption not again and he got along with Munich Lohra also Nohra and Woffleben.


He died about the year 1681 and is located in the Church Munich Lohra bury, where his tombstone is still to be seen. His wife held alternately on their estates, soon Woffleben, Nohra and Munich on Lohra. Your dish holder here even called Liesenberg. After the local church book she had a daughter named Sophia, which at 23.6.1704 The last time allhier stood godfather. Also insured old men, that they still had a son, which went on tour, but was stabbed just before or just after her death in Paris in a duel. By the death of this male tribe mentioned the goods were to the King of Prussia, Frederick I. gefallen.

The current administration building and the apartment has shepherd's wife in Gladebeck 1683 let build, this is assumed for the following: On of local office barn is a flag with the year 1683 with a noble coat of arms, forming two superimposed fields, at the top is a lion or leopard, in the lower, a monk with a crosier, and this is the family crest, because she was born out of Munchausen. Probably she is also buried in Munich Lohra. (Those: The former landowners of the community Woffleben, according to handwritten notes of Cantor Friedrich August manner)

References to the family of Gladebeck:

Lord of life and death, : About the früzeitigen … The die … Annae Agnes Gladebeck/ Of … Henry Hansen Zengen … Haubtmans marital Haußfrawen / What the 13. Martii … in Northausen … different / and the 8. Aprilöis … in the church to Bustleben … buried wortden / Held by Bertholdum Reinman Pastorem Bustlebiensem. Year M.DC.XXXVI. Author Berthold Reinmann, Nordhausen 1636

Supplement: Below, on the estate Woffleben these owners and tenants named: 2.) Magistrate Bernard of Bendheim, this was 13.9.1706 married to Woffleben. His wife died on Holy Thursday 1709. 3.) Chief Ranger Otto Heinrich von Mitschefall and lease holders since 23.4.1712, his wife was called Johanne Rosine.

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